Film Review: Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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The story covers a lot of ground and time, but its the characters that I find most intriguing in Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel. Lestat, Luis, and young Claudia are vampires, but take away their fangs and coffins, and you have a surrogate family steeped in homoerotic and incestuous desire.

The movie is best when the family is together, a little less so afterward. Kirsten Dunst is fantastic as Claudia, the girl who will never become a woman. Dunst gives the character maturity and ferocity that should have earned her an Oscar nomination. Brad Pitt also gives a solid performance as the eternally melancholy Luis, clinging to his last shred of humanity while he’s pulled apart by the desires of those around him. Then there’s Tom Cruise, whose controversial casting alienates many fans of the book. Cruise may not be the Lestat everyone wanted, but without having read the book, I thought he did a good job playing a character who goes from king of the hill to bottom of the swamp… and back again.

Under Jordan’s direction, the film is gorgeously photographed, designed, costumed, and scored, providing a sumptuous backdrop for Rice’s somber tale.

Rating: 4.25/5 ★★★★¼ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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